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Chinese Americans Collection

Chinese Americans have a rich history in the United States

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Geo. Chu, Lee Koon Yu & Com. L.E. Trim, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service. Geo

Geo. Chu, Lee Koon Yu & Com. L.E. Trim, 1917. Creator: Bain News Service. Geo. Chu, Lee Koon Yu & Com. L.E. Trim, 1917
Geo. Chu, Lee Koon Yu & Com. L.E. Trim, 1917. Chinese American boys, who have joined the Junior Naval Scouts, with their Navy commander during World War I

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Washington Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Washington Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Washington Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: A Chinese boy, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

A Chinese boy, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
A Chinese boy, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Two women and a child walking down a sidewalk betwen crates, Chinatown, San Francisco, c1896-1906

Two women and a child walking down a sidewalk betwen crates, Chinatown, San Francisco, c1896-1906
Two women and a child walking down a sidewalk betwen crates, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The street of the gamblers (by day), Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

The street of the gamblers (by day), Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The street of the gamblers (by day), Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The street of painted balconies, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

The street of painted balconies, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The street of painted balconies, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Street scene, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Street scene in Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1930. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Street scene in Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1930. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Street scene in Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1930

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Reading the Tong proclamation, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Passers-by, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Passers-by, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Passers-by, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Doorways in dim shadows, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Doorways in dim shadows, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Doorways in dim shadows, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Chinese and American women walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Chinese and American women walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: An unsuspecting victim, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

An unsuspecting victim, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
An unsuspecting victim, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Toy merchants, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Toy merchants, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Toy merchants, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The vegetable peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The vegetable peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The vegetable peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The toy peddler, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The lily vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Poster of Protect the Emperor Society, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Poster of Protect the Emperor Society, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Poster of Protect the Emperor Society, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Jewish balloon man, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Jewish balloon man, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Jewish balloon man, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: On Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

On Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
On Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
A picnic on Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Merchant, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Merchant, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Merchant, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The grocery store, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The grocery store, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The grocery store, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The fortune teller, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The fortune teller, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The fortune teller, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Where beauty and squalor mingle, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Where beauty and squalor mingle, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Where beauty and squalor mingle, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Two little maids from school, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Two little maids from school, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Two little maids from school, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The crossing, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The crossing, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The crossing, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Gambling hall, Jackson Street corner, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Gambling hall, Jackson Street corner, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Gambling hall, Jackson Street corner, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Gambling hall, Jackson Street corner, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Gambling hall, Jackson Street corner, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Gambling hall, Jackson Street corner, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: At the corner of Dupont and Jackson Streets, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

At the corner of Dupont and Jackson Streets, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
At the corner of Dupont and Jackson Streets, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Young girl walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Young girl walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Young girl walking down a street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Washington Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Washington Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Washington Street, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Their first photograph, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Their first photograph, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Their first photograph, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Returning home, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Returning home, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Returning home, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Five girls in holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Five girls in holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Five girls in holiday finery, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Buying New Year's gifts, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Buying New Year's gifts, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Buying New Year's gifts, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
His first cigar, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: The drug store sign, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe

The drug store sign, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
The drug store sign, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Background imageChinese Americans Collection: Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906

Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Three children in front of a cellar door, Chinatown, San Francisco, between 1896 and 1906



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Chinese Americans have a rich history in the United States, dating back to the 19th century when they first began immigrating to America in search of better opportunities. Despite facing discrimination and challenges, they have made significant contributions to American society in various fields such as business, politics, arts, and culture. Today, Chinese Americans continue to thrive and excel in all aspects of life while preserving their unique cultural heritage. Their resilience, hard work ethic, and strong family values serve as an inspiration for future generations. As a diverse community with roots from different regions of China, Chinese Americans celebrate their heritage through traditional festivals, cuisine, language, and customs, and are proud citizens who embrace both their Chinese roots and American identity with pride and grace. The story is one of perseverance, success against all odds, and the enduring spirit of unity within diversity.